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  •  Gonna come out with an unpopular opinion: (1+ / 0-)
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    Maybe the media is finally trying to help stop this stuff by not making it the National hold-your-breath OMG end-of-the-world RIGHT NOW!!!! story.

    Progress, perhaps, maybe, of a sort, toward turning these tragedies back into what they are: small, personal tragedies that should NOT BE the ZOMFG TEOTWAWKI NOW NOW NOW PANIC AMERICA PANIC stories.

    What happened in Newtown, Connecticut was and always will be a horrendous and tragic event. But if the media are working from a different playbook today, that's not necessarily a bad thing.

    LBJ, Lady Bird, Anne Richards, Barbara Jordan, Sully Sullenberger, Ike, Drew Brees, Molly Ivins --Texas is no Bush league! -7.50,-5.59

    by BlackSheep1 on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 01:45:01 PM PST

    •  Gun shootings are not small personal tragedies (5+ / 0-)

      Many, if not most, are major life events that change peoples lives forever.
         I hope you never experience one so you realize this important point unfortunately too many people can not grasp how difficult it is to recover from a gunshot wound, They do not see the respirators, the drainage tubes, The coma, -- They do not hear the painful agony of screams and moans that take months ( if not a lifetime) to overcome. They do not feel the loss of others who may awake thinking they heard their loved one call their name to realize that it was just memory because their loved one is buried with so many others.
        My question is why do so many shut down their hearts and minds when it comes to violence as if it is a walk in the park to recover from such tragedy, I would guess it is just too awful for them to face reality.

       

      •  Yes! Not an OMG moment for some people because (4+ / 0-)

        it's not their families. How many people have to die so the RKBA fanatics don't have to suffer regulation?

        If I had my way, I would repeal the 2nd Amendment. Since I can't have my way, I support a ban on all assault weapons. Now!

        by Tchrldy on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 03:12:46 PM PST

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      •  There's been more than one shooting in my (2+ / 0-)
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        family, and I lost a close friend -- in fact, a high-school boyfriend -- to suicide some years ago.

        But those tragedies are tragedies for the families and survivors. Those tragedies are personal ... how do I, as an ex-reporter, explain this? The grief, the pain, the family's mourning, these should not be part of the media circus that is the 24/7/365 "news cycle". IF for no other reason than that the survivors shouldn't have to deal with such intrusions.

        Of course maybe I'm the only person in the whole world who thought it was a crime to talk to the kids who came out of the Newtown school that same evening, just as though what had happened to them was an ordinary occurrence and this was their chance at 15 minutes of fame.

        The coldness of the media's pursuit of those kids for a "story" made me want to vomit.

        LBJ, Lady Bird, Anne Richards, Barbara Jordan, Sully Sullenberger, Ike, Drew Brees, Molly Ivins --Texas is no Bush league! -7.50,-5.59

        by BlackSheep1 on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 07:50:02 PM PST

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        •  Blessed be for your loss (1+ / 0-)
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           I believe Tom Begnal has shown it is possible to, at least, report most of the gunshootings on a daily basis.  how difficult would that be for the 24 hr networks to take a few minutes each day to report on such tragedy inflicted upon our citizens.
            I dont espouse intruding upon grieving loved ones and victims to report the details by reporters.
           I do espouse informing the public of the occurances of shootings and national reporting on multiple deaths of victims from gun violence.
            It is a difficult problem to face, so much pain and suffering.
           Ignoring the problem of gun violence will not make our children, our brothers and sisters, our grandchildren safer.
            But I  disagree that these are small tragedies for those involved. For someone who has died it is the ultimate tragedy. It is always personal and much of the time the pain extends beyond the family and into the community.

          •  I beg to differ (1+ / 0-)
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            for someone who has died, it is over. It is the survivors who must be considered in the "coverage".

            LBJ, Lady Bird, Anne Richards, Barbara Jordan, Sully Sullenberger, Ike, Drew Brees, Molly Ivins --Texas is no Bush league! -7.50,-5.59

            by BlackSheep1 on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 09:53:44 PM PST

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            •  Funny how the argument for non coverage (0+ / 0-)

              of violence went from -- because these are small personal tragedies overblown to we should not cover violence to protect the survivors from reliving such a horrible tragedy by reading it or watching it on the news.  
               

              •  Not funny at all -- not "haha" and not "weird" (0+ / 0-)

                just simple humanity.

                Alien concept for some folks, I suppose.

                Maybe they've never had a member of their family turn up as the "headline story" complete with a video before they'd been notified officially.

                LBJ, Lady Bird, Anne Richards, Barbara Jordan, Sully Sullenberger, Ike, Drew Brees, Molly Ivins --Texas is no Bush league! -7.50,-5.59

                by BlackSheep1 on Tue Feb 12, 2013 at 02:32:52 PM PST

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                •  Nothing whatso ever resembling this (0+ / 0-)

                  was in your original post.

                  Maybe they've never had a member of their family turn up as the "headline story" complete with a video before they'd been notified officially.

                   If that is what you meant to write why didnt you write that instead of this:

                  Progress, perhaps, maybe, of a sort, toward turning these tragedies back into what they are: small, personal tragedies that should NOT BE the ZOMFG TEOTWAWKI NOW NOW NOW PANIC AMERICA PANIC stories.

                   

                  •  because "if it bleeds it leads" is a sucky way to (0+ / 0-)

                    run a newsroom.

                    I speak from personal experience on both sides of that dictum.

                    LBJ, Lady Bird, Anne Richards, Barbara Jordan, Sully Sullenberger, Ike, Drew Brees, Molly Ivins --Texas is no Bush league! -7.50,-5.59

                    by BlackSheep1 on Tue Feb 12, 2013 at 10:34:06 PM PST

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